BEFORE PERFORMING ANY FIRMWARE UPDATE - DOWNLOAD AND CLEAR YOUR QSO LOG BACKUP YOUR CURRENT SETTINGS IF THE S.A.T. REBOOTS INTO ACCESS POINT MODE AFTER THE UPDATE, SIMPLY RESTART YOUR S.A.T. BY REMOVING AND REPLACING POWER. IF YOUR TRANSPONDERS ARE NOT CORRECT AFTER UPDATING - CLICK THE "RESET FROM INTERNET" BUTTON IN THE TLE/FREQ DB PANEL. IF YOU ARE UPDATING FROM A FIRMWARE PRIOR TO 5.6, YOU MUST CLICK THE "INTERNET UPDATE" BUTTON IN THE TLE/FREQ DB PANEL NOTE THAT UPDATES ARE ROLLED OUT OVER TIME. YOUR SAT WILL INDICATE THAT UPDATES ARE AVAILABLE WHEN THEY ARE READY.
2/29/2024 FW 8.814 Fixed a rotator bug where it was not reading the position in very specific circumstances. Thanks Lavaal! Fixed a bug where the polar window blinked a bit and the doppler readout sometimes flashed a zero while tracking.
1/7/2024 FW 8.800 Fix the satellite position in the polar chart in breakout window. Improved feedback when uploading a custom TLE. Improved reading feedback from PSTRotator. Set downlink on RS-44 FT4 transponder to USB-D (was just USB). Repositioned coordinates when viewing GPS status.
12/18/2023 FW 8.748 Fix for pound sign (#) is SSID Fixed "my_gridsquare" field not populating in ADI file. Added new mode FM-N for narrow band FM transmit/receive.
10/17/2023 FW 8.744 Option to automatically report satellite status when entering a QSO log entry. Stopped Antenna Enabled button flashing when no rotator is selected. Added DV mode as an option when editing transponders. (DSTAR already works as a mode) Fix the LCD when manually positioning the rotator or moving to Ready or Park. Fixed Moon and Sun path displaying strangely sometimes. Fixed polar chart when satellite is way below the horizon Fix accuracy of LOS time. Fixed range in periodic UDP tracking packet. Fix for apostrophe in WiFi name. Fixed setting 75% radio power. Fix for catalog numbers shorter than 5 characters.
07/24/2023 FW 8.6 Increased the duration of pass report to 7 days for subscribers. Send freq updates to SDR (Hamlib) simultaneously with radio updates. Ability to send satellite status reports to the new CSN Satellite Status Page. Show the satellite status indicator in next passes and VIEW ALL. Changed AOS,LOS time on the LCD from exact time to time to go. Fixed the satellite footprint on the map. Added transponder bandwidth indicator. Added option to not set the radio tuning step. Added point-to lat and lon in manual Control box. Added MY_LAT and MY_LON fields to QSO Log ADIF export. Added "My" call and grid square to polar chart. Added confirm box when setting Min and Max rotator limits. Added UDP Broadcast for AOS,LOS,QSO Log and transponder events. Fixed global RIT setting. Fixed an AM/PM bug when in 24 hour mode. Fix up TEVEL names in the ADIF so they match LOTW. Change radio selection from "Standard Icom" to "Icom 9700/9100" Changed Icom 5100 label to Icom 5100A/E Faster page updates when tracking. Fixed a bug where the time was being set to 1970.
04/19/2023 FW 8.444 Fix for Sun tracking Automatically turn off DUP when selecting a transponder. Fix for Hamlib - SDR support. Allow pipe symbol in SSID. Don't command the radio if there are no transponders. Fix for setting data modes on post-pass radio action.
12/18/2022 FW 8.402 Small fix when setting simplex uplink modes. (looking at you, Greencube) Set the spectrum scope back to Sub when switching to full duplex. Fix for sat_mode field in ADIF file for simplex modes and HF bands. Fixed bug when adding custom transponders.
11/24/2022 FW 8.300 Improvements for Greencube (and simplex transponders in general) Ability to choose PST Rotator stop point. (Right now it's south). Fixed polar chart for some passes of Greencube Fixed setting the filter when setting USB data mode. Fixed second window not honoring the minimum pass setting. Fixed a TBW bug on the web page.
10/21/2022 FW 8.200 SDR Support! Tested with Gqrx, SDR++, SDRangle and Cubic SDR. Add OrbTrack as an alternative external satellite map. Added support for DX Commander. (And Dave AA6YQ added the SAT to DX Commander, thanks Dave AA6YQ and Dave N9FN) Fix when there is a number sign in WiFi or QRZ password. Fix when clicking QRZ Lookup from the popup window. Fixed a bug when clicking a future pass that is not the very next pass. Fixed antenna flipping when in contniuous mode. Remove checkbox from Sun and Moon in the VIEW ALL screen since they cannot be saved as favorites. Send to raw NMEA GPS strings to the network on TCP port 2947. Changed footprint line to yellow so it's easier to see. Add a way to temporally disable your SAT subscription. Allow PST Rotator to go all the way to 180 degrees elevation. (Was limited to 90) NEXT PASSES will no longer disable the schedule.
8/1/2022 FW 8.008 When updating TLEs, immediatly shows the last and next download date without having to refresh the page. Added verification when saving any settings. (internal error checking) Date format in second window is now correct. Added a "Forget Network" button to clear WiFi settings. Added a GPS status windows so you can see the GPS satellites and signal strength. (For GPS enabled SATs) Change GPS indicator on LCD to always show the letters "GPS". An asterisk indicates a GPS lock. (For GPS enabled SATs) Fixed wrong transponder selection when radio set to Enabled after being set to Disabled. Fix rotator jog button when the rotator type is PstRotator. Fix the HTTP keep-alive header.
6/16/2022 FW 7.042 Added ACLog support. Thanks Scott N3FJP! Properly alphabetize the satellites in the VIEW ALL list. (Finally!) Improved performance. Add up/down arrow in NEXT PASSES to show if the satellite is coming up or going down. Add a sun/moon icon to show if the satellite is in sunlight or not. Read radio power and TBW. Improved layout of radio control buttons (Power, PL, Modes, etc...) The ANT ENABLE button flashes red when the rotator is disabled. Fixed bug when re-enabling the radio after it has been disabled. Add message if there is no new FW update found when you click CHECK FOR UPDATE Fix a date format issue when in UTC mode. Changed enabled/disabled button so they're easier to read for the colorblind. Slightly change report header. Next Passes are disabled while tracking so you don't accidentally stop your current tracking session. Pre-position the antenna at AOS AZ instead of tracking AZ below the horizon before AOS. Fixed bug that caused duplicate entries in the pass log. Added a "Quick CW" button that allows you to switch the radio into CW mode and back. Improved Hamlib server support.
3/31/2022 FW 5.668 Add support to send QSO entries directly to Ham Radio Deluxe, Log4OM, DXKeeper and N1MM. And other UDP/ADIF compatable loggers (untested). Add ability to choose which transponder is activated first when tracking a satellite. Satellite passes now end at -2 degrees elevation instead of exactly 0 degrees to allow a bit more time. You can now double click on the various panels to open then second window. Sat mode in the ADIF file is now UV or VU. Added radio choice for Icom 910H. Change LILACSAT-2 to CAS-3H in the ADIF file so it's accepted by LOTW. Remove NOTES from ADIF file because it was redundant with COMMENT field. Improved VFO knob tuning.
3/15/2022 FW 5.644 Remove password feature. Fix lowercase callsigns in QSO log when logged from seperate window.
3/7/2022 FW 5.642 Further improvements to PST Rotator. Fix to prevent security lockouts when updating firmware.
3/6/2022 FW 5.640 Add receive frequency to ADIF file. (Download and clear your QSO log before updating to this version.) Switch to a much higher resolution map when connected to the internet. Automatically load saved schedule when powered up. (Schedule not enabled, just loaded) Handle the new Private Network Access HTTP protocol. Add "Update Available" to window title when a new firmware is available. Fixed a maximum elevation bug with the G5600. The SAT will now automatically enable the SUB vfo if it's not already enabled. Corrected ADIF export for PKT mode contacts. The SAT will automatically set the clock on your radio (Tested with Icom IC-9700). Continue tracking satellites until -2 degress after LOS (instead of 0 degrees). PstRotator improvements. Added toggle button on map to show and hide the ground track. Added ability to open second window by double clicking on the main window panels. Added ability to password protect the S.A.T. interface. Fixed a time display bug that showed 12pm as 00am. The About box and browser title bar will now indicate when a firmware update is available.
1/16/2022 FW 5.620 - IF YOU ARE UPDATING FROM A FIRMWARE PRIOR TO 5.6, YOU MUST CLICK THE "INTERNET UPDATE" BUTTON IN THE TLE/FREQ DB PANEL Dont allow global RIT when the RIT value is zero. (When editing a transponder) Silence the AOS alarm for satellites that will never rise for your location. Example - IO-86 in upper northern lattitudes. Disable the AUTO-CAl button if the rotator doesn't support it. For FT4 contacts in the ADIF file - set mode to MFSK and submode to FT4. (The transponder must contain "FT4" somewhere in the name) Simplified the time format settings. Now just one global setting in the LOCATION tab. Added warning when factory resetting the frequency database.
1/8/2022 FW 5.610 - IF YOU ARE UPDATING FROM A FIRMWARE PRIOR TO 5.6, YOU MUST CLICK THE "INTERNET UPDATE" BUTTON IN THE TLE/FREQ DB PANEL Fixed small bug when too many favorites are selected.
1/5/2022 FW 5.600 - AFTER PERFORMING AN UPDATE FROM 5.40 or 5.41 TO THIS VERSION YOU MUST CLICK THE "INTERNET UPDATE" BUTTON IN THE TLE/FREQ DB PANEL S.A.T. Manual has been updated to include the new features. Changed the SATs access point name from "Rotator" to "CSN_SAT" Ability to edit, add, download, and upload transponders. Add PL and RIT to transponder database so they can be automatically set. Added after-pass radio settings. Restore previous state, set memory channel or custom freq, mode & PL. Seperated the TLE updates and transponder database updates. Change TLE button label to "TLE/FREQ DB" since they're now seperate. Firmware update button label changed to 'CHECK FOR UPDATE' Added visual feedback when NEXT PASSES is pressed. Radio is no longer automatically enabled if it was manually disabled. Pass schedule honors minimum elevation setting. Fixed QRZ lookup from second window. Fixed G5600 selection switching to G5400. Added option to show all times in UTC instead of local time. Fixed missing 75% radio power option.
10/27/2021 FW Ver. 5.400 Fixed Amsat TLE URL by requesting they don't use chunked data. Added warning that the QSO log can be corrupted during a firmware update. Added ability to save and restore S.A.T. settings. NEXT PASSES now shows up to 8 hours of passes and includes multiple satellite passes of the same satellite. Improved future report speed - increased prediction from 2 to 3 days (72 hours). Added more checking to protect against invalid TLE files. Turn off PL tone when switching transponders. No longer resetting RIT to zero when switching transponders. (Unless the band changes) LCD alternates serial number and copyright notice on last line when SAT is idle. Removed empty space at the bottom of the popup window. If "-D" is seen in the radio mode then the data mode will be set on the radio. Rotator will start moving before AOS at -5 degrees below the horizon. Was at -3 before. Add DV and RTTY to radio mode choices. If CW mode is selected the tuning step is set to 10Hz instead of 100Hz. Fixed small bug when doing a QRZ lookup when the name and password is not set. QSO Log - QRZ Lookup can now handle slashes in the callsign.
6/21/2021 FW Ver. 5.312 Improved colors for iPhone, iPad devices Fixed marking QTH on world map. Added CW-R radio mode choice. Fixed saving TLE url. Use: http://www.csntechnologies.net/SAT/nasabare.txt
6/5/2021 FW Ver. 5.301 Fixed small bug in QSO log in second window. Renamed CALL LOG button to QSO LOG
6/2/2021 FW Ver. 5.300 Added rotator auto calibration Added Transmit Bandwidth option in radio panel Added current wind speed and direction in status area. (uses OpenWeatherMap) Add QRZ lookup in the call log. Better support for Icom 7100. Added AZ & EL labels to satellite and antenna postions in main INFO section. Fixed column headers in pass report. Change FUTURE button label to NEXT PASSES to more accurately define what the button does Change hyperlink colors so they're easier to read. Added time to the filename when you download the Call Log.
4/9/2021 - FW Ver. 5.240 Fixed the automatic park/ready bug. Show WiFi status on LCD instead of serial number. Allow saving grid square for manual control. Removed "(None)" in Wifi list. Option to display AOS/LOS in 24 hour time on the LCD Added the Moon to the prediction report. Added a new rotator style for the G5500 that limits it to 360AZ and 90EL. Added the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to the TLE list. ;)
2/18/2021 FW Ver. 5.236 Dash Ver. 3.275 Move dashboard and map into the firmware so it's not dependent on the filesystem. Fixed the LCD dimming function Improved the recovery option. Removed the blue world map to make room for other improvements.
2/14/2021 FW Ver. 5.234 Dash Ver. 3.275 Important update! - Added a recovery mode in case the flash filesystem suffers from corruption. Fixed Park/Ready Bug
1/24/2021 FW Ver. 5.230 Dash Ver. 3.275 You can choose what you want the antenna to do after a pass - Nothing, Park, or Ready. Fixed a bug when uploading custom TLE file that causes a bunch of dashes to show as a satellite. Clear transponder list in between scheduled satellites. Fixed "Future Passes" showing the same satellite over and over.
1/15/2021 FW Ver. 5.226 Dash Ver. 3.268 Fixed the sound in the browser. Fixed the schedule using the AOS Alarm time.
1/5/2021 FW Ver. 5.225 Dash Ver. 3.267 Play the AOS Alarm in your Web Browser, the S.A.T or both. No mobile browsers. (Maybe?) The ground track was looking a bit rough, smoothed it out a bit.
1/5/2021 FW Ver. 5.223 Dash Ver. 3.261 Alarm has been changed to TIME instead of degrees. Scheduled satellites now honor the alarm time. You can now choose hours or orbits for ground track duration.
1/1/2021 FW Ver. 5.220 Dash Ver. 3.259 Click and drag on AZ chart to rotate orientation. Click and draw on Ground change to slide left and right.
12/22/2020 FW Ver. 5.220 Dash Ver. 3.254 Removed extra date in the footer of pass report. Fixed saving the rotator quality setting
12/22/2020 FW Ver. 5.218 Dash Ver. 3.254 Added documentation for new features to online user manual.
12/21/2020 FW Ver. 5.218 Dash Ver. 3.254 Added ability to manually point the rotator by grid square. Added feature to change VFO frequencies only when they change by a set amount instead of a set interval. Added support for Icom 820H/821H Added LCD brightness control if your hardware supports it. A more complete factory reset.
12/11/2020 FW Ver. 5.208 Dash Ver. 3.243 Add satellite tracking schedule with ability to save. Switch radio out of Sat mode automatically. Add a pass report. Download a report of future passes. Fixed a bug that incorrectly set the radio mode in very specific conditions. Fixed a bug where the minimum pass setting was not honored viewing future passes.
11/27/202/ FW Ver. 5.144 Dash Ver. 3.205 Bug - Fixed missing satellite name in new info page.
11/27/202/ FW Ver. 5.144 Dash Ver. 3.204 Added multiple window/monitor support. Added a satellite pass log. Shows a history of the last 20 passes that were tracked and rose above the horizon. Added link to QRZ.com in call log. Added ablity to delete QSO log entries. Added a highlight so you know when you've clicked a transponder. Added link the the user manual in the About box.
11/21/202/ FW Ver. 5.140 Dash Ver. 3.195 Adding metric or imperial option for LCD display. Fixed a bug for pound signs (#) in WiFi passwords.
11/20/202/ FW Ver. 5.130 Dash Ver. 3.190 Fixed a bug tracking satellites that never AOS in your area.
11/20/202/ FW Ver. 5.129 Dash Ver. 3.190 Added option to prevent antenna flipping. Added an Enable button to temporarily pause the rotator. Added a link to SatNOGS map page. Network list autmatically refreshed visible networks when opened. WiFi password is now visible when you enter it. Continuous mode must be selected with each new satellite. Improvements to Wifi connections. improvements to G5500 > 360 degrees. Improved web page traffic. Fixed a bug when no rotator is connected but is active in settings.
11/15/2020 FW Ver. 5.116 Dash Ver. 3.178 New widescreen display. If you want the old page add "/old" to the address in your browser. Adding logging with ADIF export. Added Moon tracking. Search for "Moon" Reset RIT to zero when selecting a transponder. Map is clickable in wide dashboard to switch to the line map. Rotator volts are now also displayed on the Dashboard, in the Rotator setup panel. Show all 3 digits of the firmware version on the LCD, instead of just 2. Cleared up instruction when VOLTS is clicked. Display MAC address on Network Panel Removed 'Ports' from network page. Not needed. Fixed a bug when searching for satellite that has spaces in the name. Fixed a stray clock showing in the map when no track time was set. If searching by catalog number, the sat name will be displayed if it's found.
Knows issues: ADIF satellite name come from the TLE file and may match with accepted LoTW satellite names. Example - ISS in TLE but is ARISS for LoTW. Moon Lat and Lon is not yet computed. The device sometime needs to be powered off and on after a firmware update.
11/2/2020 FW Ver. 5.088 Dash Ver. 3.151 Fixed issue with Park and Ready Fixed issue connecting to access points with spaces in the name Add trial widescreen Dashboard. Add /wide to dashboard address.
10/27/2020 FW Ver. 5.084 Dash Ver. 3.144 Now sets the DATA mode for transponders in AFSK, SSTV, etc. Further improvements to radio communications. Fixed support for the G5400 and G5600 rotators. Added CLOSE buttons to all setting panels. Added a link to the changelog in the about box. Added version numbers to the change log. ;)
10/19/2020 FW Ver. 5.056 Dash Ver. 3.138 Fixed an extra character showing up on the LCD when tracking. Improved responsiveness when the S.A.T. cannot properly communicate with the radio. Fixed a bug where Android devices did not properly send the correct time.